3008 HUMAN HEALTH BUILDING (248) 370-4253
Fax: (248) 364-8740
School Website: oakland.edu/nursing/
Interim Dean: Gary Moore
Interim Associate Dean: Deana Hays
Office of the Dean: Kristina Aaron, interim assistant dean; Patrina Carper, academic adviser; Joann Denby, technical support coordinator; Amy Johnson, administrative project coordinator; Kenyettera Junior, business manager/financial analyst; Cheryl McPherson, assistant dean; Sarah Mullin, academic adviser; Estella Nicholson, coordinator of academic services; Colette O’Connor, director of development; Tomico Reynolds, special projects assistant; Ashley Samson, events coordinator; April Thomas-Powell, academic adviser; Thomas Yoder, information technology specialist
Professors Emerita: Frances Jackson, Mary Mittelstaedt, Justine Speer, Diane Wilson, Carol Zenas
Professors: Darlene Schott-Baer, Barbara Penprase
Maggie Allesee Endowed Professor in Gerontology: Ann Whall
Crittenton Hospital Medical Center Endowed Professor: Barbara Penprase
Associate Professors: Carrie Abele, Karen Dunn, Judith Fouladbakhsh, Margaret Harris, Suha Kridli, Anne Mitchell, Gary Moore, Sarah Newton, Laura Pittiglio, Cheryl Riley-Doucet
Assistant Professors: Margaret Glembocki, Mary Golinski, Claudia Grobbel, Anne Hranchook, Julia Paul
Adjunct Instructors: Nicole Clark, Ellen Gajewski, Deana Hays, Kimberly Holka, JoAnn Kapa, Colleen Meade Ripper, Renee Mirovsky, Lynda Poly-Droulard, Deborah Tierney
Visiting Instructors: Teresa Chahine, Michelle Kluka, Cheniece Lyons, Katie Mysen
Special Instructors: Janith Beres, Kelly Berishaj, Carolyn Kollar-Tieppo, Kathleen Spencer, Stephanie Vallie
Director of Nursing Laboratories: Patricia Ketcham
Board of Visitors
The Board of Visitors for the School of Nursing is composed of community leaders from the greater Detroit area. The Board of Visitors assists the School of Nursing with fundraising and it provides scholarships for students.
Members of the Board of Visitors are:
Marie Adam, Lead Manager, Medical Operations & Compliance, Chrysler Group LLC
Maggie Allesee, Counselor
Maureen Bowman, Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer, Beaumont Health System-Royal Oak
Robert Chiaravalli, ESQ, President, Strategic Labor & Human Resources, LLC
Lisa DeMoss, ESQ, Associate Professor & Director Insurance Law, Faculty, Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Kay Douglas, President & CEO, Douglas Marketing Group
Debbie Guido-Allen, RN, BSN, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer-Nursing Support
Services,Beaumont Health System Troy
Adreena Harley, MSN, Volunteer, Intern & In-Kind Donation Coordinator
Karen Harris, MSN, RN, WHNP-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital
Petra D. Hurt, C.R.N.A., M.S., Assistant Director & Affiliate Clinical Coordinator, U of D Mercy, College of
Gregory Jamian, BA, President & CEO,AmeriCare Medical, Incorporated
Shawn Levitt, MHSA, RN, FACHE, CPHQ, Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer, Detroit Medical
Ann McDonald-Upton, RN, MBA, Vice President Patient Care Services & CNO, St. Joseph Mercy
Denise McLean, RN, MSN, Director of Clinical Care/Respiratory Therapy, St. John Providence Health
Gary Moore, Ph.D.,RN, Interim Dean, Oakland University School of Nursing
Grace Paranzino, EdD, RN, CHES, FAAOHN, Chief Clinical Officer, Kelly Healthcare Resources Teresa
Rodges, MSA, Executive Director, McLaren Oakland Riley Foundation
Kathleen M. Ryan, RN
Sandra Schmitt, RN, BSN, Manager, Nursing Development, Oakwood Corporate Services
Michelle Seid, RN, BSN
Nancy Susick, RN, MSN, NE-BC, President, Beaumont Health System-Troy
Kathleen Van Wagoner, MSN, RN, Henry FordHealthSystem
Christine Zambricki, C.R.N.A., RN, FAAN
Kenyea J. Zimmermann, MAOM, MBA, Director of Talent Acquisition, Sparrow Health System
Accreditation and Program Review
The Oakland University (OU) School of Nursing (SON) undergraduate program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791 and is approved by the Michigan State Board of Nursing. The BSN Degree Completion Sequence is fully accredited as an online program by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.
The School of Nursing offers programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. The undergraduate program curriculum builds on a foundation of the arts, sciences, and humanities. Graduates of the undergraduate program pre-licensure tracks (Basic-BSN and Accelerated Second Degree BSN) are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination. The undergraduate program prepares students for graduate study in nursing.
School of Nursing Mission
The mission of the OU School of Nursing is to prepare transformational leaders committed to caring and using the best evidence in nursing practice, education and research to optimize the health of the public in a diverse ever-changing global society.
School of Nursing Vision Statement
The faculty and graduates of the OU School of Nursing will be recognized as transformational leaders, caring practitioners and scholars who optimize the health and well-being of a diverse global society.
Baccalaureate Program Curriculum Outcomes
The BSN Program Curriculum is based on professional forces; the vision, mission, and values of the faculty; prepares the graduate to practice in a diverse global society; and to:
- Apply concepts from the Arts and Sciences in the promotion of health and the management of simple to complex nursing care.
- Demonstrate use of the nursing process in clinical decision-making.
- Apply principles of patient safety and quality improvement in nursing practice.
- Apply principles of wellness, health promotion, disease prevention, rehabilitation, risk reduction, palliative and end-of-life care to individuals, families, communities, and populations.
- Demonstrate values-based, ethical professional behaviors that integrate caring, autonomy, integrity, social justice, respect for diversity and human dignity throughout the lifespan.
- Use best-evidence in nursing practice.
- Demonstrate inter/intra-professional collaboration to optimize health outcomes.
- Demonstrate transformational leadership in nursing practice in a variety of settings.
- Use knowledge, processes, and skills from informatics to inform clinical decision-making.
- Apply knowledge of health policy, economics, legal, and political principles to nursing practice.
- Demonstrate a commitment to professional development and lifelong learning.
Admission to the Undergraduate Program
Program: Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree
Admission to the SON undergraduate program occurs in one of four ways: (1) as a direct admit to the Basic-BSN track immediately following high school; (2) on a competitive basis to the Basic-BSN track following completion of the required prerequisite courses; (3) on a competitive basis to the Accelerated Second Degree BSN track; or (4) as a registered nurse into the BSN degree completion sequence. Applicants with disabilities will be considered for admission to the SON undergraduate program on an individual basis related to their ability to meet clinical practice requirements and the core performance standards.
Direct admission to the basic-BSN track immediately following high school
Program: Plan of Study for the Basic-BSN Track (Direct Admission)
Direct Admission to the SON undergraduate program Basic-BSN track is for high-achieving high school students. Direct Admission students are required to attend OU full-time. During their first year at OU, Direct Admission students will take all of the Basic-BSN prerequisite courses. Successful completion of the prerequisite coursework during the first year allows Direct Admission students to move directly into the Basic-BSN curriculum.
High school students who wish to be considered for the SON undergraduate program Basic-BSN track by Direct Admission must satisfy the following requirements:
- A high school grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher following the Junior year (after six academic semesters);
- An ACT English score of 24 or higher;
- An ACT Math score of 24 or higher;
- An ACT Reading score of 24 or higher;
- An ACT Science score of 24 or higher; and
- At least one year/two academic semesters of high school Biology and Chemistry completed prior to the senior year with a final course grade of B or higher.
- Students must apply for admission by October 15, 2015 at Oakland.edu/apply.
Completion of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the SON as a Basic-BSN Direct Admission student.
Students admitted to the Basic-BSN track by Direct Admission, in order to retain their seat, must earn a final course grade in the first year prerequisite courses that is higher than or equal to the grade requirements needed for admission to the Basic BSN track on a competitive basis. In addition, Direct Admission students must earn a final course grade in NRS 206 of 2.5 or higher. Any Direct Admission student who does not successfully complete all of the first year academic requirements will forfeit his/her seat. Students who forfeit their Direct Admission seat will need to re-apply to the SON Basic-BSN track on a competitive basis following successful completion of the Basic-BSN admission requirements.
Admission to the basic BSN track on a competitive basis following completion of the required pre-requisite courses
Program: Plan of Study for the Basic-BSN Track (Competitive Admission)
Students who wish to apply to the undergraduate program Basic BSN track on a competitive basis must first satisfy the following minimum requirements:
- Complete BIO 111 , BIO 121 ; CHM 104 , CHM 201 , and PSY 100 with a minimum grade of 2.8 in each course and a minimum overall GPA of 3.2.
- Complete one philosophy course (PHL 101 , PHL 102 , PHL 103 , PHL 107 ,PHL 204 , PHL 205 , or PHL 206 are recommended) with a minimum grade of 2.8.
- Complete WRT 160 with a minimum grade of 2.8.
- Complete MTH 061 with a minimum grade of 3.2. (This requirement is waived for students who receive a score of 18 or higher on the mathematics subsection of the American College Test (ACT) or who have taken an Oakland University placement test and have placed into MTH 062 or higher, or successfully completed a higher level Math course with a grade of 2.0 or higher.)
Completion of minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
Applicants to the SON undergraduate program must be in good academic standing in the university (minimum overall GPA of 2.0). Preference for admission to the Basic-BSN track is given to applicants who have completed five or more of the required pre-requisite courses (excluding MTH 061 ) at Oakland University. Pre-requisite courses that are satisfied by Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccaulauerate (IB) courses will count toward preference for admission. Please refer to the Oakland University AP and IB policies for approved equivalents (oakland.edu/appolicies). Lastly, applicants who have been dismissed from a nursing program or who have ever received two (or more) grades in nursing courses below 2.5 must submit a statement of explanation that includes their current status as a nursing student at the other nursing program before they will be considered for admission to the SON Basic-BSN track.
Admission to the accelerated second-degree BSN track
Program: Plan of study for the accelerated second degree BSN track
Students who wish to apply to the undergraduate program Accelerated Second Degree (ASD) BSN track are first required to apply to OU as a pre-accelerated second degree student. Following admission to OU as a pre-accelerated second degree student, the following minimum requirements (items 1-4) must be satisfied before students will be considered for admission to the ASD track:
- Adhere to the Oakland University undergraduate admission requirements for a second degree student.
- Complete BIO 111 , BIO 121 ; CHM 104 , CHM 201 , and PSY 100 with a minimum grade of 2.8 in each course and a minimum overall GPA of 3.2.
- Complete one philosophy course (PHL 101 , PHL 102 , PHL 103 , PHL 107 , PHL 204 , PHL 205 , or PHL 206 are recommended) with a minimum grade of 2.8.
- Complete MTH 061 with a minimum grade of 3.2. (This requirement is waived for students who receive a score of 18 or higher on the mathematics subsection of the American College Test (ACT) or who have taken an Oakland University placement test and have placed into MTH 062 or higher or successfully completed a higher level Math course with a grade of 2.0 or higher).
When students have satisfied items 1-4, they may apply to the SON for admission to the ASD track. Applicants who have been dismissed from a nursing program or who have ever received two (or more) grades in nursing courses below 2.5 must submit a statement of explanation that includes their current status as a nursing student at the other nursing program before they will be considered for admission to the SON.
Completion of minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
Students are conditionally admitted to the ASD track with full admission pending successful completion of items 5-7.
Conditionally admitted pre-ASD students must attain a final course grade of 2.5 or higher on the first attempt in NRS 221, NRS 227, NRS 308, PSY 225, and BIO 307. If the final course grade in any of these courses is less than 2.5, admission to the ASD track is forfeited, and the student is not eligible to re-apply to the SON ASD track. The student may apply to the SON Basic-BSN track on a competitive basis, but if admitted, he/she will enter the SON on probation
- PSY 225 and BIO 307 with a grade of 2.5 or higher on the first attempt.
- NRS 221 , NRS 227 , and NRS 308 with a grade of 2.5 or higher on the first attempt.
- Satisy OU general education requirements, if necessary.
Admission to the BSN degree completion sequence for registered nurses
Program: Plan of study for BSN degree completion sequence for registered nurses
The School of Nursing offers a BSN degree completion sequence for registered nurses who possess a valid RN license and either an Associate Degree (ADN) or a Diploma in Nursing. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher from the student’s ADN or Diploma program is required for admission to the BSN degree completion sequence. An individual plan of study is prepared for each student by an academic adviser in the SON to ensure that all OU degree and major requirements are satisfied.
Registered nurses with a cumulative GPA below 2.5 in their ADN or Diploma program may be admitted to OU as a pre-BSN degree completion student. Pre-BSN degree completion students must successfully complete a minimum of 12 credits at OU that are applicable to the BSN degree with a minimum grade of 2.5 in each course in order to be admitted to the SON as a BSN degree completion student.
Undergraduate Program Policies and Procedures
Once a student has been admitted to the SON undergraduate program, he/she should consult the SON Undergraduate Program Student Handbook for information regarding program policies and procedures.
The SON Advising Office is located in 3027 Human Health Building, (248) 370-4253. All newly admitted pre-licensure students (Basic-BSN and ASD) must attend the mandatory orientation. Students will be allowed to register for courses after they have attended orientation. Students are encouraged to meet regularly with their academic adviser to discuss academic issues or concerns. Each SON undergraduate student will receive a plan of study from his/her academic adviser that is specific to the track in which he/she is enrolled.
The academic records of students who transfer to OU from other academic institutions are evaluated and transfer credit is granted, as appropriate. Once a student is admitted to the SON undergraduate program, he/she is expected to complete all nursing course work required for the BSN degree at OU (refer to the Transfer student section for additional information). Grades for courses from other academic institutions that transfer in to OU do not appear on the OU transcript. However, for purposes of admission to the SON, grades for pre-requisite courses that were taken at another institution are used to calculate the pre-nursing GPA. Letter grades are converted as follows: A = 4.0, A- = 3.7, B+ = 3.3, B = 3.0.
Students transferring majors within Oakland University will be allowed to substitute BIO 121 with the combination of BIO 205, 206, and 207 (or equivalent), CHM 144 and 147 (or equivalent), CHM 201 with CHM 234 (or equivalent), and BIO 307 with BIO 319 or (equivalent).
Clinical Health Requirements for Pre-Licensure (Basic-BSN and ASD) Students
A student’s ability to start and/or remain in the pre-licensure (Basic-BSN and ASD) nursing curricula is contingent upon successful completion of all of the clinical health requirements. Newly admitted pre-licensure students who do not provide the required clinical health documentation by the published due date will forfeit their seat, will not be allowed to start the nursing program, and will need to re-apply. Continuing students who do not provide the required clinical health documentation by the published due date will not be allowed to enroll in any clinical nursing courses and their corresponding didactic course(s) and their progression in the nursing curriculum may be delayed. Details of clinical health requirements are available on the SON website. In addition, a criminal background check and a urine drug screen are required by all of the SON’s clinical partners. Students whose criminal background check and/or drug screen are positive may not be admissible to the SON. Students are responsible for all costs associated with the clinical health requirements. Students are encouraged to maintain their own health insurance.
The SON provides students with a range of clinical experiences with diverse populations, organizations, and agencies. The SON’s clinical partners are located in urban and suburban settings throughout metropolitan Detroit and southeastern Michigan. Each student is responsible for providing his/her own transportation to all clinical experiences.
Students can request on-leave status in the SON for personal or academic reasons for a total of 12 months. A student’s return to the program is contingent upon availability of space. Students who return from on-leave status must comply with all SON policies in effect at the time they return and their clinical health requirements must be current with the SON. On-leave students must submit their request to return to active status at least three months prior to the beginning of the term to which they wish to return.
Students can request to withdraw from the SON for personal or academic reasons. A student who wishes to withdraw from the SON should contact his/her academic adviser.
School of Nursing Core Performance Standards
All students in the School of Nursing undergraduate program must be able to demonstrate the following competencies during the entire academic program:
Critical Thinking: Inductive/deductive reasoning sufficient for clinical judgment and decision making.
Interpersonal: Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, spiritual and intellectual backgrounds.
Emotional Stability: Emotional stability sufficient to assume responsibility/accountability for actions.
Communication: Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form.
Motor Skills: Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.
Mobility: Physical abilities sufficient to move from place to place and maneuver in small places.
Visual: Visual ability sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.
Hearing: Auditory ability sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.
Tactile: Tactile ability sufficient for assessment and implementation of care.
Health: Characteristics that would not compromise health and safety of clients.
Student Nursing Organizations
Sigma Theta Tau-Theta psi chapter
The OU chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, Theta Psi, was chartered in April 1986. Each year SON students who are eligible are invited to become members of this international nursing honor society. Candidates for membership are selected on the basis of superior scholastic achievement.
Student Nurses Association of Oakland University (SNAOU)
Nursing students are eligible for and encouraged to become members of the SNAOU. This organization provides undergraduate nursing students the opportunity to interact with other nursing students, engage in professional nursing activities, and network with SON faculty and administrators.
National Black Nurses Association (NBNA)
The purpose of this organization is to give SON undergraduate students an opportunity to promote unity among minorities and other students by providing a support network for pre-nursing and current nursing students. NBNA allows members to increase their professional networking skills and help educate and inform the community about health issues that affect minorities.
Qualification for Registered Nurse Licensure
Registered Nurse licensure is granted by the State of Michigan. Requirements for licensure include successful completion of a state-approved nursing educational program and satisfactory performance on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Licensure in one state entitles a qualified holder to seek licensure by endorsement in another state.
Schedule of Classes
Specific offerings for each semester may be found in the Schedule of Classes: sail.oakland.edu.